Month: January, 2013

E pluribus sexum: Part 3, Why fight it?

31 January, 2013 (10:00) | Apartments, Consolidation, Innovations, Management, Massachusetts, MEEs, Politics, Public housing, Regulation and Reform, Subsidy |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   In the two preceding parts of this post, starting from a short Boston Globe (January 10, 2013) article to introduce Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to consolidate public housing authorities – out of many, six – and along the way […]

E pluribus sexum: Part 2, Why do it?

30 January, 2013 (10:00) | Apartments, Consolidation, Innovations, Management, Massachusetts, MEEs, Politics, Public housing, Regulation and Reform, Subsidy |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post used a short Boston Globe (January 10, 2013) article to introduce Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to consolidate the current 242 individual public housing authorities into six regional entities, and at the same time to end the practice of purely local commissioners in […]

E pluribus sexum: Part 1, What to do?

29 January, 2013 (16:10) | Apartments, Consolidation, Innovations, Management, Massachusetts, MEEs, Politics, Public housing, Regulation and Reform, Subsidy |

By:David A. Smith   Every now and then, an elected official pleasantly surprises one, and Deval Patrick has now done it twice: first in December, 2011, by appointing Aaron Gornstein to be Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development; and a few weeks ago, as reported in the Boston Globe (January 10, 2013), […]

Grandma in a can?

28 January, 2013 (09:58) | Configuration, Elderly, extended families, health care, Housing, Innovations, manufactured housing, Mobile homes, US News, Zoning | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   What do we live for?    Pleasure, happiness, success, new experiences, friends, children, loved ones?    Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care (about time)   Old age, the silent thief, can imperceptibly steal each of these from us, and as all of us are reluctant […]

Free parkletting?

25 January, 2013 (10:00) | Cities, land rent, Parking, parklets, permitting, Politics, public space, San Francisco, sidewalks, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Nothing is so complicated in San Francisco as doing an altruistic thing without sufficient permission – for, as revealed in the San Francisco Chronicle (January 6, 2013), that can provoke the wrath of an unpropitiated local troll.  To begin with, we must start with a clever urban innovation to convert some […]